Samsung is one of the top mobile phone
players. Not only does it have one of the best-selling Android phones on the
market, the Galaxy S II, the company even makes the processor inside arch-rival
Apple iPhone 4.
So it’s actually pretty exciting news that the Korean giant
has unveiled a faster, better SoC (system on a chip) combining a processor and
graphics in the form of the Exynos 4212 – as well as faster, more
power-frugal memory – for mobile phones and other portable devices.
First the CPU part. This Exynos dual-core ARM CortexA9
processor may ‘only’ increase performance by up to 25 per cent, over what was
already a very fast chip (the Exynos 2410), but it does so while consuming up
to 30 per cent less power. This is arguably far more important as screens get
ever larger, guzzling juice by the bucketload.
Next we have the GPU bit. Boasting a whopping 50 per cent
potential 3D performance improvement over its already class-leading PowerVR
predecessor (which even beat Nvidia’s Tegra 2 architecture in OpenGL
benchmarks) it will allow for silky-smooth, high-bitrate 1080p video.
On the memory front, meanwhile, Samsung announced a new type
of LPDDR3 (AKA Mobile DDR) memory that’s
manufactured on 30nm (an industry first) and apparently operates a third faster
than current silicon. Yet again, it does so while consuming 20 per cent less
power, leaving no downside. It should be available in 1GB and 2GB packages.
All this goodness should be making its way into consumer
devices very early next year, though the competition isn’t standing still, and
it will be interesting to see how the Exynos 4212 fares against Nvidia’s
quad-core beast, the Tegra 3 (AKA Kal-El).
Via The Inquirer